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Poster: SDH2O Date: Feb 20, 2007 12:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Back to School: 9/25/81

Lehigh University, Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, PA


1. Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil-> El Paso, Peggy-O-> Little Red Rooster, Bird Song-> Beat It On Down The Line, Cumberland Blues, Passenger, Althea-> The Music Never Stopped
2. Might As Well-> Samson & Delilah, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Good Time Blues-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Sugar Magnolia-> Black Peter-> Around & Around-> Sunshine Daydream
E. U.S. Blues

(I touched on this show in the "Best 80's Fire" thread, but now having re-listened to the whole thing, I feel it needs some attention)
This show was played at my alma mater (I arrived just too late to see this, their one and only appearance in Bethlehem) and was brought back to my attention in the earlier post today about best Fires in the 80's. As I mentioned in my post there, I was moved to give the show another listen today. Wow. What a surprise. I had completly missed just how good this show really is. The aud available here is great quality, with the small mixing issue where Bobby's vocals don't come in until most of the way through the Minglewood opener minor in my eyes. The pace of the show is fast, but Jerry's fingers are in fine form and blaze away throughout the entire show. The whole first set just hops from start to finish, with smoking BIODTL, Cumberland, and Passengers showcasing Jerry at his pickin' best. Did I forget to say the Music Never Stopped closer is a wrecking ball of sonic destruction? No? Well, I am now. As I mentioned below, the second set is no slouch either with Scarlet/Fire that, while short, does not lack for power or intensity. The Saint of Circumstance is one of my favorites, but the real fun is post-Space. As shown in the list above, the split of Sugar Mags and Sunshine Daydream is stellar with Jerry just digging into everything and just destroying the Sunshine Daydream out of Around and Around. Hell, even the US Blues encore smokes. Very sorry that I haven't listened to this show in ages, but it just goes to show you how passing time can cause you to listen to shows with new ears and find new gems.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-02-20 20:08:29

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Feb 20, 2007 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to School: 9/25/81

(spoken in the voice of Eeyore)

"Just wonderful. Something else for me to download. Thanks SDH."

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Poster: darkstar1964 Date: Feb 20, 2007 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to School: 9/25/81

i recommend that whole chunk of shows from the Greek shows to the Buffalo show!!!! [9/11-13/81 & 9/25,26/81]................AND THAT EUROPE TOUR AFTERWARDS SHOULD BE EXPLORED!!!

This post was modified by darkstar1964 on 2007-02-20 21:35:10

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 20, 2007 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to School: 9/25/81

Need to back up SDH here.

9/25/81 is in my Top 10 of all time. (Gratuitous plug here):


Only problem I have with this great show is that the sound quality is pretty poor, unless someone can point me to a better source.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Feb 20, 2007 2:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to School: 9/25/81

You're right about the source. The SBD is washed out and the aud's are a little iffy, but the quality of the show makes up for it.

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